By Paul Robinson

25th Nov, 2021 | 7:15am

Pundit issues 'crazy' Liverpool claim after January transfer plans revealed by Echo

Liverpool “would be crazy” not to sign another wide forward in the January transfer window, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Tottenham and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, fears the Reds are not equipped to cope with the absence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane during the African Cup of Nations.

Liverpool will be without Salah, Mane and Naby Keita for approximately a month in January because of the AFCON.

However, according to the Liverpool Echo, via Anfield Watch last Friday (19 November), the Reds are unlikely to add to their ranks in January.

Although, an Anfield source has told Football Insider that the club are closely monitoring Adama Traore as cash-strapped Wolves prepare to offload him for a bargain price.

Bruno Lage’s side have opened the door on Traore exiting in January as they look to fund a permanent move for Hwang Hee-chan.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the news, Robinson said: “I think it they would be crazy not to, in all honesty.

“It would be a risk given that Klopp likes to play three up top.

“[Takumi] Minamino and [Divock] Origi are not of the same quality of Salah and Mane. Yes, they are good players but they are not world-class players.

“The issue is, whoever you sign is going to fall down the pecking order as soon as those two return. It is a really difficult situation to deal with.

“Origi is not good enough to be a starter for me. Neither is Minamino.

“They need to sign someone in January if they want to stay in the title race. Who do they sign though? It’s a difficult sell.”

In other news, a pundit has hailed Michael Edwards ‘amazing’ after Liverpool source’s £117m Salah talks update.